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Apr 8, 2010
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desideratum
limen
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quiescence
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quiescence

PRONUNCIATION:
(kwee-ES-uhns, kwi-)

MEANING:
noun: A state of rest, inactivity, or quietness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin quiescere (to become quiet), from quies (quiet).

USAGE:
"The Copenhagen debacle could lead to a period of quiescence in which not much is done to pursue climate-change policy."
Anthony Giddens; Start the World, We Want to Get On; NewStatesman (London, UK); Feb 8, 2010.

See more usage examples of quiescence in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. -Gilda Radner -actress and comedian (1946-1989)

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